Spiritual Strength For Each Day

“Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

“How can I make my old nature remain dead?” many people ask. We often see so little of this in our daily lives. But here too the question is, “Do you believe that Jesus Christ really died on the cross?” If so, then the words of Romans 6:6 apply, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” This is what I mean: the moment the enemy attempts to provoke us through people who insult us, slander us or wrong us in some other way, we have the chance to prove that we believe in the power of the death of Jesus. At that very moment, being crucified with Christ proves to be the mystery of victory over all that is negative. God makes sure that we are continually confronted in our daily lives with the crucified Lord. We meet the cross everywhere. If we did not have these trials, there would be no opportunity to practice the victory of the Lord Jesus Christ that He won on the cross. For this reason, we should love those the most who hurt us the worst, because in every affliction we have the opportunity of exclaiming what it says in 2 Corinthians 2:14, “Thanks be to God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ.”

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